Urban Management

Based at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR), the Graduate Program in Urban Management (PPGTU) is a transdisciplinary center for urban studies that is part of the School of Fine Arts. Strategically located in Curitiba, Brazil—a city known for its innovative role in urban transport and environmental planning—and established in 2002, PPGTU offers research degrees at masters and doctorate levels. Every year 30 (masters and doctorate) candidates enroll, from the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia. The Program’s focus comprises the following research areas: urban and regional planning and design, environmental management and technologies, and public policy. PPGTU is also responsible for the publication of URBE, a major Latin American journal in urban studies (www.scielo.br/urbe), indexed in Scopus, Web of Science, and Scielo.

ACCESS URBE JOURNAL 

Objectives

We aim to nurture academic skills in urban management and other areas of urban studies and train young researchers to develop teaching, research, and civic engagement activities. This also includes:

  • Developing teamwork abilities and networking in a research environment, as well as the capacity to work with multidisciplinary sources of information and knowledge.
  • Working with decision-makers and public managers to gain multiple perspectives while assessing and studying urban projects and their interplay with public policy at the municipality level.
  • Developing familiarity with the scientific field of urban studies and skills to disseminate knowledge and research outcomes through publication and conferences.
  • Working with other students in different levels, from undergraduate fellows to doctorate and post-doctorate researchers.
  • Contributing to the knowledge of Brazilian and Latin American cities and the practice of urban management in general.

History

In 2003, the Graduate Program in Urban Management (PPGTU) was inaugurated offering a masters degree in Urban Management, which was linked to the Center for Science and Technology through the Architecture and Urbanism program. Currently, PPGTU is part of the School of Fine Arts, and aims to develop studies and research to contribute to the theoretical-scientific and applied field of urban and regional planning. The program was first authorized by CAPES (the Brazilian regulatory agency for graduate programs at the Ministry of Education) to enroll students in August 2003. The search for academic quality marked the program from the beginning, when it obtained a grade 4 (CAPES’ assessment system which ranges from 2 to 7) in its first triennial evaluation (2004–2006). Thus, conditions were created to submit the doctoral proposal (the first doctorate in Urban Management in Paraná), and the first candidates were enrolled in 2009, the 10th enrollment was in 2018, and the course achieved a grade 5 in the 2010 triennial evaluation in 2012. During the last quadrennium (2013–2016), in addition to sustaining academic quality for the program with a grade 5, internationalization efforts expanded, resulting in dual doctoral degree agreements with foreign universities (Canada, Germany, and Italy), and an attraction of international students and researchers for postdoctoral studies.

Additionally, several researchers in the program collaborated on the expansion of international academic and scientific relations by participating in promotion notices with partners from foreign universities and through postdoctoral internships for professors in other institutions in Brazil and abroad. The professors’ and students’ mobility and participation in research with other institutions make up one of the program’s main internationalization strategies. Over the years, PPGTU has sought to become a reference center in research and a think-tank, as well as for professional training and urban management research, both in the conceptual approach to urbanism in contemporary times and empirical studies on space management in urban and regional planning, territorialized public policy, environmental management, and technologies.

In 2018, the course began its 16th class for the masters degree, with an average of 18 students per year and the 10th doctorate class, with ten annual placements. By December 2017, 218 masters theses and 26 doctoral dissertations had been defended. The demand for participating in the program has been growing, confirming the expectations that motivated its creation. Such demand, it is worth remembering, reflects the expanded PPGTU impact in several Brazilian regions and Latin American countries. To cover the complexity of the urban phenomenon and its materiality in the territory, URBE publishes theoretical and empirical articles resulting from the various areas that form urban studies such as urban and regional planning, architecture and urbanism, public administration and management, public policy, geography, infrastructure, urban technologies, and the environment. The journal’s growth should also be noted, and it is included in several indexes that have a regional and global impact (mainly Scielo, Scopus, DOAJ, and Redalyc), and in this way, it has consolidated itself as a reference in Brazil and Latin America. Finally, in addition to the various areas of the PUCPR, as a result of its growth and leadership in teaching and research in urban studies, the PPGTU has demonstrated the expansion of its actions, as determined by CAPES and graduate programs with a grade 5 or higher.

Target audience

It is aimed at graduates in higher education who are interested in working within the scope of the program’s research areas.

The candidate’s education may have been in areas that are linked to urban management, such as Administration, Architecture and Urbanism, Political Science, Social Communication, Accounting, Law, Economics, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Philosophy, Geology, Geography, Computing, Computing System, Social Service, Sociology, and Tourism, among others.

Fields of Work

The Urban Management Graduate Program student will be able to:

  • Teach undergraduate and specialization courses in areas related to urban management and their academic and professional education.
  • Organize methodological procedures in scientific research related to their area of knowledge or interest.
  • Produce and disseminate knowledge related to subjects studied and developed in academia and their professional activities.
  • Diagnose urban and regional problems and potentialities for the formulation of municipal development projects.
  • Prepare and implement municipal planning processes and practices in their strategic, physical-territorial, budgetary, operational, and sectoral modalities, considering the participation of organized civil society.
  • Conduct and participate in urban and community management processes, local public policy, social projects, public programs, and participatory actions in municipalities.
  • Work in public or private institutions related to urban or municipal management, whether in employment or service provision activities, such as advisory and consultancy services.

Structure of the Program

STUDENT’S CREDITS AND ACHIEVEMENT

Master’s

To complete the master’s degree, the student must have 20 academic credits with a grade higher than C; 14 credits are compulsory, and six are elective. Additionally, four credits will be conferred through the successful defense of a thesis.

Doctorate

The student must have a total of 36 academic credits with a grade higher than C to complete the doctorate: 18 credits must be obtained from the courses at the master’s level, nine credits from mandatory doctoral courses, and nine credits as doctoral elective courses. Additionally, two credits in scientific production and ten credits will be awarded to the student upon successful defense of the dissertation.

SUFFICIENCY AND PROFICIENCY OF LANGUAGES:

Master’s Degree:

Knowledge of English will be required from the student within six months after admission.

Doctorate:

Proof of proficiency (advanced level) in a foreign language will be required from the student through tests recognized by CAPES, up to 18 months after entering the Program. They must prove sufficiency in a second foreign language within six months after entering the Program. One of the two languages must be English.

International students will have to prove, in addition to the languages already requested, mastery of the Portuguese language within six months after the beginning of the Program.

TRAINING COURSES:

Classes are taught on Monday and Tuesday mornings, and there may be activities in other periods, notably when a foreign or external professor visits the program. Required courses are taught on Monday and Tuesday mornings. For elective courses, students and professors agree on schedules suitable for most participants.

The class schedule is defined at the beginning of each term.

COOPERATION WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS:

PPGTU participates in numerous collaborations with teaching and research institutions in Brazil and abroad. Mutual collaborations take place at the levels of academic mobility (student and teaching internships), dual degrees, research projects, participation in inter-institutional research groups and associations, participation in events in Brazil and abroad, and joint publications. Program researchers actively participate in projects with other institutions and receive support from national and international institutions, collaborators, and coordinators of research in urban studies.

Post-Doctorate

PPGTU offers postdoctoral opportunities for researchers who have an academic distinction in their area of interest with a supervising professor who has the profile and availability to monitor research within the Program.

Interested parties should seek out Program professors and start the process of a research program that must be submitted to their Council.

Applications of interested researchers, national and foreign, can be made continuously.

Scholarships are possible, and these need to be approved by the Program and support agencies.

1. Public Policy

This research area emphasizes research on planning, management, and governance, focusing on institutional arrangements, articulation practices, and participation of socio-political actors in the elaboration, implementation, and monitoring of different areas of public policy. The objectives are to analyze the transformation of public administration and civil society performance practice, emphasizing the use of planning instruments, information, communication systems, technologies, and management at different scales: community, municipal, inter-municipal, metropolitan, and state, in national and international networks.

Members:

  • Dr. Denis Alcides Rezende
  • Dr. Mario Procopiuck
  • Dr. Paulo Nascimento Neto

2. Urban and Regional Planning and Project

This research area emphasizes studies on urban and regional planning instruments, with emphasis on master plans, strategic planning, sectorial planning, and physical and territorial planning; the impacts of large urban projects; morphology, design, and natural and built urban landscape; regionalization and metropolization; infrastructure networks and urban services, and urban mobility and transformations in space linked to the incorporation of information technologies.

Members:

  • Dr.  Carlos Hardt
  • Dr.  Clovis Ultramari
  • Dr.  Fábio Duarte de Araújo Silva
  • Dr. Letícia Peret Antunes Hardt
  • Dr.  Rodrigo José Firmino
  • Dr. Rodrigo Siqueira Reis

3. Management and Environmental Technologies

This research area emphasizes the role of natural resources in promoting urban development and the population’s quality of life. It addresses the patterns of use and occupation of urban land as elements of complexity in the management of cities and their reflexes in the exhaustion of stocks of strategic natural resources, in the generalized pollution of urban centers, and changes in ecosystem biodynamics. Considering that most Brazilian environmental problems are fundamentally management problems, research in this area focuses on the analysis of urban environmental problems under this focus, considering the use of technologies to minimize or mitigate their effects.

Members:

  • Dr. Carlos Mello Garcias
  • Dr. Fábio Teodoro de Souza
  • Dr. Harry Alberto Bollmann
  • Dr. Edilberto Nunes de Moura

PPGEM LABORATORIES FACILITIES

PUCPR PPGEM has laboratories whose infrastructure is dedicated exclusively to research work (Master’s/Doctoral), which stands out for having adherence in concentration/research areas of ongoing projects. When it comes to physical space, there are machines and equipment, in addition to having human resources in the function of technical assistants. Besides, the Program maintains laboratories to support tasks such as concrete specimens test execution, manufacturing individual devices, measuring equipment, among others. The laboratory infrastructure is presented below. It is essential to highlight that the equipment installed in the Laboratories initially (1998) comes from PUCPR’s resources, and in recent years (2012 – current), from FINEP, CAPES, Fundação Araucária and partner companies.

Laboratory for Research on Machining Processes – LAUS

Main Equipment:

    • CNC vertical machining center, Cincinnati Milacron, Arrow 500
    • CNC lathe, Cincinnati Milacron, Hawk 150
    • Sinking Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM machine), Charmilles – Roboform 30 CNC (4 programmable axes)
    • Wire EDM machine, Charmillles – Robofil 290 CNC (5 programmable axes)
    • EOS P396 Machine (Selective Laser Sintering)
    • Kistler data acquisition systems for measuring machining efforts (turning, milling and grinding) models 9272, 9257B and 9265B
    • Tool-workpiece thermocouple system for temperature measurement (homemade)
    • Bench roughness meter (Taylor Hobson, model SURTRONIC 3+)
    • Flat grinder, manufacturer Jones & Shipman PLC, model 1400X
    • Cylindrical grinding machine, manufacturer Jones & Shipman PLC, model 1300X
    • INTOS FNGJ-32 milling machine with Heindenhein ND550 digital readout
    • Radial drill, model MAS VO-32, manufacturer Kovosvit Ltd
    • Conventional lathe, manufacturer Romi, model Tormax 30A
    • Universal tool sharpener, mod. BN-102C, Erwin Junker

Center of Materials´ Characterization and Tests – CMCT

Main Equipment:

    • Universal Testing Machine (MTS) up to 10 tons (tensile, flexing, and compression tests)
    • Rockwell, Brinell, and Shore durometers (hardness tests of metals and polymers)
    • Instrumented Charpy Impact Test (impact tests, and ductile-brittle transition of metals)
    • Ultrasound equipment
    • A programmable high voltage power supply (Chroma) (superficial modification of metals)
    • Hothouse, scales, water baths, heat treat ovens
    • Polishing machines, mount machines, (metallographic preparation)
    • Optical microscopes (Olympus BX-61, with image acquisition camera and AnalySys software)
    • Microdurometer (Shimadzu HMV) up to 2 kgf (indentation hardness and fracture toughness measurements – Vickers and Knoop indenters)
    • Ultramicrodurometer (Shimadzu DUH-W211) with loads from 0.1 to 200 mN (hardness and elastic modulus measurements – Berkovich and Vickers indenters)
    • Universal tribometers (CSM) – with and without heating up to 800 ° C (friction coefficient measurements and wear rate)
    • Scratch test (Revetest Anton-Paar) – with loads from 1 to 200 N (coating adhesion measures with optical and acoustic sensor)
    • Goniometer (EasyDrop, Kruss) – contact angle and surface energy measurement using the sessile drop method
    • Potentiostat (Ivium) – corrosion tests (OCP measurements, potentiodynamic curves, electrochemical impedance, tribocorrosion)
    • Salt Spray chamber – accelerated corrosion tests in a saline environment
    • Scanning Electron Microscope (Vega3, Tescan), with EDS (Energy Dispersion Spectroscopy, Oxford) – high-resolution images and elemental chemical composition determination
    • Gold and carbon coater
    • X-ray diffractometer (XRD-7000, Shimadzu) – determination of crystalline material phases with Bragg-Brentano, Glancing-Angle, and Residual stress geometries
    • Glow discharge nitriding reactor

Metrology Laboratory – ML

Main Equipment:

    • Coordinate Measuring Machines (DEA Brown & Sharpe)
    • Bench rugosimeter (Taylor Hobson)
    • Linear Measuring Machine (SIP 550)
    • Profile projectors
    • Interferometric laser
    • Portable Measuring Instruments

Thermal Systems Laboratory – LST

Main Equipment:

    • Air-conditioned chambers for systems and equipment energy assessment with an operating range of -10ºC to 60ºC and humidity from 10% to 95%. These chambers operate as a balanced calibrated calorimeter to simulate indoor and outdoor ambient conditions.
    • Climatized chambers for systems and equipment energy assessment with an operating range of -10ºC to 60ºC and humidity from 10% to 95%.
    • Data acquisition systems.
    • FTIR spectrometer FTIR spectrometer for thermal radiative property identification.
    • FLIR SC620 infrared camera
    • DSC Differential Calorimeter Netsch Pegasus 404
    • Heat exchanger test benches
    • Simulating air properties test bench (for air conditioning and refrigeration)
    • Flow, temperature, and pressure measurements test bench
    • Unit for determining the thermal conductivity of fluids, unit for boiling heat exchange measurements, unit for determining the mechanical equivalent of heat

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory – FML
Didactic laboratory for understanding the basic principles of Fluid Mechanics.

Main Equipment:

    • Wind tunnel for drag measurement, boundary layer profile on a flat plate, and flow in convergent/divergent nozzle.
    • Gravimetric bench for jet impact experiments, flow measurement, and rotational flow.
    • Bernoulli equation application bench, centrifugal pump performance, strength assessment on submerged surfaces, and metacentric height measurement.

Applied Thermodynamics Laboratory – ATL

Main Equipment:

    • Zöllner alpha dynamometer 160 kW
    • 160 HP MWM Sprint 6.07T diesel engine instrumented with pressure and temperature sensors
    • Piezoelectric transducer + Angular encoder for measuring combustion chamber pressure
    • Air Flow sensor
    • Fuel consumption measurement scale
    • Analyze gases from combustion products.
    • PXI with analog/digital input modules, thermocouple temperature measureme

Dynamics Laboratory – DL

Main Equipment:

    • Signal Analyzer 10-channel PULSE Bruel&Kjaer
    • Signal Analyzer 16-channel HP
    • Multi Signal Analyzer HBM
    • Modular Precision Sound Analyzer Bruel&Kjaer
    • Signal processing modules
    • Microphone and accelerometer calibrators
    • Structural accelerometers of general-purpose and ultra-low level
    • Dynamic driver
    • Impedance Tubes
    • Flow Resistivity Workbench
    • Noise Dosimeter Bruel&Kjaer
    • Microphones of ½ and ¼ in
    • Impulse Hummers
    • Sound Power Sources
    • Power Amplifiers
    • Displacement, pressure, and force transducers.
    • Torsional and linear vibration measurement system
    • Acoustic chamber with low background noise
    • Workbench for silencers evaluation
    • Vibration test system
    • HTM16 universal vibration apparatus
    • P1150 static and dynamic balancing machine

Automotive Laboratory – AL

Main Equipment:

    • Injection and electronic ignition benches
    • Conventional and ABS brake system
    • Automotive sensors
    • Systems simulation software
    • Suspension and steering system
    • Workbenches for electrical and electronic components
    • Engine operation test bench
    • Automatic climate control bench
    • Auxiliary systems: airbag, electric seat, windshield, start

Machine and Mechanism Parts Laboratory – MMPL

Main Equipment:

    • Workbenches for mechanisms evaluation
    • Torsion test equipment
    • Cam test equipment,
    • Vibration analysis equipment on axes
    • Equipment for rotating and flexing fatigue testing
    • Software for multi-physics simulation
    • Software for acoustic simulation

Computer Simulations Laboratory – CSL

Main Equipment:

    • High-capacity data processing computers
    • MATLAB software (Matworks), CFX Ansys 11

Factory Practice Laboratory – FPL

Main Equipment:

    • Universal lathe
    • Universal milling machine
    • Sensitive drill with coordinate table
    • Horizontal band saw
    • Vertical band saw

Welding Laboratories

Main Equipment:

    • CNC PLASMA cutting set
    • Oxyfuel set
    • MIG / MAG welding
    • TIG welding
    • Spot welding (resistance)

PPGTU invests heavily in internationalization, and these actions include the following:

  • PPGTU organizes an annual Doctoral School with foreign researchers’ focusing on Latin America—Escuela Doctoral Latino-Americana de Estudios Urbanos. The Program is carried out in three distinct modules, covering the three PPGTU Research Areas.
  • The Program is evaluated annually in processes that involve prominent researchers from the leading national and foreign universities in Latin America as evaluators. The evaluators are invited to spend two days at PPGTU and issue a qualitative opinion based on the Program’s performance data.
  • Annually, foreign professors participate in the Program’s teaching courses and provide lectures to master’s and doctoral students.
  • On its board of permanent faculty, there are two professors from US institutions; one from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and one from the University of Washington in St. Louis. Both maintain active participation in the PPGTU, guiding master’s, doctorate, and PIBIC students, offering courses, research projects, and publication assistance.
  • They participate in a model of scientific initiation created by PUCPR—the PIBIC International Master’s—which involves foreign undergraduate students with extremely high potential and performance in PIBIC project development at the master’s level, and who simultaneously start to fulfill credits from the end of their undergraduate studies in their country of origin and their master’s degree at PPGTU.
  • Most master’s and doctorate program courses use international bibliographies mixed with relevant national texts.
  • PPGTU professors organize and participate in various events and programs abroad, together with their foreign research partners, in which the participation of master’s and doctorate students, is encouraged.
  • PPGTU professors often participate in research projects with colleagues from foreign institutions and, in many cases, funding from international agencies. They also participate as reviewers and members of the editorial board from several international journals.
  • PPGTU frequently receives master’s and doctorate students from different countries—especially Latin American countries—who join the Program and interact with Brazilian students and students who come for research periods.
  • PPGTU students, especially doctorate students, are encouraged to conduct part of their doctorate abroad and apply for scholarships.
  • We have a dual degree program for Ph.Ds. covering several countries, languages, and universities, with the possibility of new agreements and opportunities that arise at the initiative of the student.
  • PPGTU promotes and often finances the attendance of master’s and doctoral students to present papers in conferences abroad.
  • PPGTU professors and students actively participate in international research groups, networks, and institutes. Professors participate in master’s and doctorate defense committees abroad.
  • Throughout each year, PPGTU organizes several research events with foreign professors.
  • PUCPR has the support of PUCPR Idiomas to assist in internationalization.
  • The University also has an Internationalization Directorate specialized in the search for opportunities and the implementation of internationalization projects for students and professors.
  • URBE Journal (www.scielo.br/urbe), maintained by PPGTU, publishes several papers by foreign researchers in English, Spanish, and French, and frequently organizes thematic editions with foreign guest editors. URBE is indexed in the most relevant international journals with global impact, such as Scopus, Web of Science, SciELO, RedALyC, and DOAJ.

THE METROPOLIZATION OF URBAN INTERVENTIONS: THE GREEN LINE PROJECT IN THE CONTEXT OF THE METROPOLIS STATUTE

PROFESSOR CARLOS HARDT

RESEARCH AREAS

Planning and projects in urban and regional spaces

AREAS OF INTEREST

Environmental and agrarian, planning, urban and metropolitan, master plans, and urban landscape.


DISASTER PREVENTION INDICATORS AND MITIGATION FOR CITIES

PROFESSOR CARLOS MELLO GARCIAS

RESEARCH AREAS

Management and environmental technologies

AREAS OF INTEREST

Civil engineering, environmental indicator systems, revitalization of urban rivers, impact assessment on human activities on the environment, and construction and demolition of waste management.


CIRCULATION OF IDEAS ABOUT CITIES

The Latin-American cut-out: academic convergences and investigative voids.

PROFESSOR CLOVIS ULTRAMARI

RESEARCH AREAS

Planning and Project in urban and regional spaces

AREAS OF INTEREST

Environmental sciences, major urban projects, conceptual aspects of the city, Brazilian urban process, academic production in cities, and methodological aspects in urban studies.


STRATEGIC DIGITAL CITIES: ANALYSES IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CITIES

PROFESSOR DENIS ALCIDES REZENDE

RESEARCH AREAS

Public policy

AREAS OF INTEREST

Law, strategic digital cities, smart cities, strategic planning, city information systems, technology management, and public administration.


USE OF THE HAZUS FLOOD MODULE IN BRAZIL FOR FORECASTING FLOOD SCENARIOS AND ECONOMIC LOSS ESTIMATES.

PROFESSOR EDILBERTO NUNES DE MOURA

RESEARCH AREAS

Management and environmental technologies

AREAS OF INTEREST

Water and soil engineering, flood modeling, remote sensing, sig, HAZUS-MH, and disasters.


CITY, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY: TRENDS AND CRITICISM

PROFESSOR FABIO DUARTE DE ARAUJO SILVA

RESEARCH AREA

Planning and projects in urban and regional spaces

AREA OF INTEREST

Communication, cities, and technologies, and urban mobility.


IMPLEMENTATION OF A HIGH PRECISION LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY SYSTEM (UFLC) IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSES LABORATORY OF THE PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF PARANA

PROFESSOR HARRY ALBERTO BOLLMANN

RESEARCH AREAS

Management and environmental technologies

AREAS OF INTEREST

Water resources and integrated environmental planning methodologies, monitoring of water resources in small urban rivers, air pollution and quality in cities, urban sustainability, and urban resilience with a focus on the city, environment, and health.


PLANNED LANDSCAPE: CASE STUDY IN BRAZILIAN AVERAGE CITIES

PROFESSOR LETICIA PERET ANTUNES HARDT

RESEARCH AREAS

Planning and projects in urban and regional spaces

AREAS OF INTEREST

Forest resources and forest engineering, urban and regional planning and management; landscape architecture, morphology and urban design, environment and natural protected areas, preservation of landscape heritage, and thematic studies on landscapes.


SAFE LANDSCAPE: PREVENTING VIOLENCE PATHWAYS IN URBAN TRAVELS OF VULNERABLE SOCIAL GROUPS

PROFESSOR LETICIA PERET ANTUNES HARDT

RESEARCH AREAS

Planning and projects in urban and regional spaces

AREAS OF INTEREST

Forest resources and forest engineering, urban and regional planning and management, landscape architecture, morphology and urban design, environment and natural protected areas, preservation of landscape heritage, and thematic studies on landscapes.


MULTILEVEL URBAN GOVERNANCE AND LOCAL ECOSOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

PROFESSOR MARIO PROCOPIUCK

RESEARCH AREAS

Public policy

AREAS OF INTEREST

Business administration, public policy and governance systems, urban management, technology and society, the creative economy and creative cities, and the ecosocioeconomy.


URBAN ECOSOCIOECONOMY: COMMUNITY SOCIOPRODUCTIVE ARRANGEMENTS AND SELF-MANAGEMENT AIMING AT SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT

PROFESSOR MARIO PROCOPIUCK

RESEARCH AREAS

Public policy

AREAS OF INTEREST

Business administration, public policy and governance systems, urban management, technology and society, the creative economy and creative cities, and the ecosocioeconomy.


HACKING THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT: SMART CITIES AND THE ROLE OF CIVIC HACKERS IN REMAKING THE CITY

PROFESSOR RODRIGO JOSE FIRMINO

RESEARCH AREAS

Planning and projects in urban and regional spaces

AREAS OF INTEREST

Geography, cities and technology, urban surveillance, urban securitization, smart cities, expanded spaces, and urban mobility. Hacking the urban environment: smart cities and the role of civic hackers in remaking the city.


CONTROLLED TERRITORIALITIES, FIXED MOVEMENTS

PROFESSOR RODRIGO JOSE FIRMINO

PROJECTS

Controlled territorialities, fixed movements

RESEARCH AREAS

Planning and projects in urban and regional spaces

AREAS OF INTEREST

Geography, cities and technology, urban surveillance, urban securitization, smart cities, expanded spaces, and urban mobility.


HEALTHY URBAN LIVING AND AGEING IN PLACE: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE IN BRAZILIAN CITIES (HULAP)

PROFESSOR RODRIGO SIQUEIRA REIS

AREAS OF INTEREST:

Physical education, public health, urban health, global health, urban design and health, and transport and health.

Faculty

Carlos Hardt

Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism at the Federal University of Paraná (1977) and completed a Ph.D. in Environment and Development at the Federal University of Paraná (2004). Carlos is Professor and was Head of PPGTU (2013–2016), as well as of the Architecture and Urbanism course (2006 to 2013) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná. He was the coordinator of the strategic area of Cities at PUCPR and is currently the vice-leader of the research group on the Planning and Design of Urban and Regional Spaces. Professionally, he was board member and coordinator of the Committee on Architecture and Urbanism Education for CAU/PR (2011–2017) and is the coordinator of the Collegiate of State Entities of Architects and Urbanists for CAU/PR.
Main Topics: Urban and Metropolitan Planning and Management; Master Plans; Urban Landscape.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2240-3436

Carlos Mello Garcias

Professor in urban management. A Civil engineer trained at the Federal University of Paraná (1975) with a Master’s in Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1985) and a Ph.D. in Urban Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1992). Carlos has experience in the following subjects: Urban environmental management, environmental assessment, urban management, urban planning, and solid urban waste.
Main Topics: Systems of environmental indicators; Revitalization of urban rivers; Evaluation of the impacts of anthropic activities on the environment; Management of construction residues and demolition.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]

Clovis Ultramari

Architect, professor at the Pontifical University of Paraná (Graduate Program in Urban Management), and the Federal University of Paraná (Graduate Program in Environment and Urban Development). Professional experience in strategic and master planning in Brazil and abroad. In Brazil, he has worked with urban public policies at local, regional, and national levels. Urban/metropolitan land legislation propositions and physical-territorial analysis are recurrent topics in his assignments.
Main Topics: Large Urban Projects; Conceptual aspects of the city; Brazilian urban process; Methodological aspects in the urban studies field; Literature as a source to understand cities.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]

Denis Alcides Rezende

Professor and Researcher in Urban Management and Public Administration. Post-Doctorate in Strategic Digital City, 2013–2014 School of Public Service (DePaul University, USA). Post-Doctorate in Municipal Public Administration, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Ph.D. in Information Technology and Public-Private Strategic Planning from the Federal University of Santa Catarina. Master’s in Information Technology from the Federal University of Paraná. Bachelor’s in Business Administration. CNPq Research Fellow
Information Technology Management; Public Administration.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.DenisAlcidesRezende.com.br
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DenisAlcidesRezendeDr

Edilberto Nunes de Moura

Agronomist Engineer, Professor at Pontifical Catholic University since 2000. Edilberto obtained a Ph.D. in engineering from the State University of Sao Paulo in 2002. He was the head of the Geographic Information System (GIS) Graduate Program from 2010 to 2015. Currently, he is the leader of the Hazus Brazil Program.
Main Topics: Flood Modeling; GIS and Remote Sensing for Urban Studies; Hazus-MH; Disaster.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]

Fábio Duarte

Professor in the Urban Management Program, and Research Scientist at the MIT Senseable City Lab, Duarte is also a CNPq Research Fellow. He obtained a Ph.D. in Communications and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Planning from the University of São Paulo and was a Research Associate at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Duarte is a consultant in urban mobility for the World Bank.
Main Topics: Cities & Technologies; Urban Mobility.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fabio_Duarte2

Fábio Teodoro de Souza

Professor in Urban Management and a member of the ROUTES towards Sustainability. From 2008 to 2010, Fabio worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Tsinghua University in Beijing (China). He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ) in 2004, and an MSc in Water Resources from COPPE/UFRJ (1999). Fabio obtained a BSc degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of Ponta Grossa (1995).
Main Topics: Transfer of Environmental Technologies; Urban Environmental Phenomena; Urban Health: respiratory diseases dengue, leptospirosis, cardiovascular diseases; Management and Environmental Technologies.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fabio_Teodoro_De_Souza
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5976-7156
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.br/citations?user=ylpx9J0AAAAJ&hl=pt-BR

Harry Alberto Bollmann

Civil Engineer with a Master’s degree in Hydraulic Engineering and Sanitation, and a Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Sanitation. He is a Research Team Leader at PPGTU and teaches Environmental Planning in the Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Course. Fellow of the LEAD Institute International since 1994, working on issues related to the Environment and Sustainable Development.
Main Topics: Methodologies of Integrated Environmental Planning; Water Resources Monitoring in Small Urban Rivers; Pollution and Air Quality in the cities; Urban Sustainability; Urban Resilience with focus on City, Environment, and Health.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
ResearchGate: researchgate.net/profile/Harry_Bollmann

Letícia Peret Antunes Hardt

Architect and Urbanist with a Ph.D. in Forestry Engineering (Urban Landscape). Professor at PUCPR since 1981 and a researcher at PPGTU since 2003. Leader of the CNPq Research Group on Planning and Design in Urban and Regional Spaces. Former President and current Advisory Counselor of the Brazilian Association of Landscape Architects (ABAP-BR) and President of the ABAP-Paraná. Former Coordinator of the Brazilian College of Architects and Urbanists and the Permanent Collegiate of Entities of Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU) for CAU-BR and member of the CEAU/CAU-PR. CNPq Research Fellow.
Main Topics: Urban and Regional Planning and Management; Landscape Architecture; Morphology and Urban Design; Environment and Natural Protected Areas; Preservation of Landscape Heritage; Thematic Studies on Landscape.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Leticia_Peret_Antunes_Hardt
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6661-0050

Mario Procopiuck

Administrator (UFPR) with a Master’s in Urban Management (PUCPR) and a Ph.D. in Administration (PUCPR). In the academic field, he is an Associate Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Urban Management. In the professional field, he works with government planning and judicial management activities.
Main Topics: Public Policies and Systems of Governance; Urban Management; Technology and Society; Creative Economy and Creative Cities; Ecosocioconomy.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
ResearchGate: researchgate.net/profile/Mario Procopiuck

Paulo Nascimento Neto

Architect and Urbanist specializing in urban and environmental law; has an MPhil and Ph.D. in Urban Management. Researcher linked to the YBY-Land Studies Group, Urban Policies, and Space Production. Paulo has professional experience in the area of urban planning. Between 2011 and 2018, he worked at the Department of Urban Planning-Curitiba City Hall.
Main Topics: Housing Policy; Metropolitan Management; Municipal Cooperation.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
ResearchGate: researchgate.net/profile/Paulo_Nascimento_Neto
ORCID:http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8518-9978

Rodrigo José Firmino

Current Head of the Graduate Program in Urban Management. Between September 2015 and September 2016, Rodrigo worked as a Visiting Scholar at the UCL Urban Lab in London. He has also been a CNPq Research Fellow since 2012. From 2004 to 2007, Rodrigo worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of São Paulo (USP). He obtained an MPhil in Architecture and Urbanism from USP (2000) and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Newcastle University in 2004. He has been the editor-in-chief of URBE (www.scielo.br/urbe) since 2009.
Main Topics: Cities & Technologies; Urban Surveillance; Securitization of Public Spaces; Smart Cities; Augmented Spaces; Urban Mobility.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
ResearchGate: researchgate.net/profile/Rodrigo_Firmino
ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0831-6603
Twitter: @rodrigo_firmino

Rodrigo Reis

Associate Professor of Public Health and the chair of Urban Design and Public Health at the Washington University in St. Louis. Rodrigo Reis is a former full professor (1995 to 2016) and is currently an affiliated professor in the Graduate Program in Urban Management at PUCPR. He has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals and is also part of the Lancet Physical Activity Series (2012 and 2016) and the Lancet Urban Design, Transport, and Health Series (2016). He serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Public Health, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and International Society of Physical Activity and Health.
Main Topics: Public health; Urban health; Global health; Urban design and health; Transportation and health.

Contact details:
E-mail: [email protected]
ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-9872-9865
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rodrigo_Reis3

Training courses

DOCTORATE

DOCTORAL OPEN PROJECT

Description: Research project. Production of advanced knowledge in urban management. Epistemological bases: a) local management, planning, and policy; and b) interdisciplinarity, intersectionality and sustainability, theoretical approaches, and methodological procedures for studies in urban management.

THEORIES AND CONCEPTS IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

Description: Module I. Science, the scientific community, theories, and concepts: Conceptions of the world, science, human beings, and scientific knowledge from epistemological perspectives from the main currents of knowledge: empiricism, idealism, rationalism, modernism, and postmodernism. Modern scientific thinking as an intellectual discipline. Formation of research programs and research communities. Reflections on fundamental sciences applied sciences and technologies. Module II. Urbanization and urban development on theoretical perspectives: Urbanization and cities from theoretical perspectives. Discussions about the urban context and the city. Module III. Currents of thought on the urban issue: Biopolitics, urban planning, and management. Critical urban theory.

CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH IN URBAN PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

Description: Familiarize doctoral students with contemporary international and national scientific production, focusing on a common problem and the problems discussed in each dissertation. The course will seek to map and present contemporary scientific production in national and international scientific journals.

MASTER’S DEGREE

EPISTEMOLOGY AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

Description: Discuss the epistemological basis of what is meant by urban, a modern concept that is the field of action and reflection of this program. To present and discuss methodological procedures for scientific research in urban management. The discipline will reflect on the search for minimal conceptual and methodological paradigms for urban management research and the diversity of possible approaches.

MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY

Description: Contemporary Political Science and Public Administration; Fundamentals of the Modern State and Public Policy; Analysis, implementation, and evaluation of Public Policy; Urban management and Public Policy; Governance systems and urban policies; Municipal strategic planning and management; and Strategic administration and information technologies in urban management.

URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

Description: Thinking about urban and regional planning; Conceptual foundations; Methodological aspects at intra-urban, urban, and regional scales; and Planning and management instruments.

DISSERTATION ORIENTATION SEMINAR

Description: dissertation methodological content. Scientific research methodology. Preparation of the dissertation. Presentation of the dissertation. Interdisciplinary debate on urban management studies.

URBAN SYSTEMS

Description: Introduce concepts and elements that identify and characterize the complexity of urban systems, from a social, economic, cultural, political, environmental, and technological point of view, relating to planning, management purposes, and actions, as well as conditions, problems, and opportunities arising from the planning and sustainable management process. The program aims to provide a theoretical framework that helps recognize, understand, and criticize the specifics of urban and territorial planning.

URBAN AND REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY

Description: Sustainable urban and regional development: concepts and dimensions; Agenda 21 and urban and regional sustainability; Sustainable cities and communities; Public Policy for urban and regional sustainability; and Urban environmental management instruments.

More Information

Master’s: Art. 41 PPGTU Resolution (Resolution no. 128/2013 – CONSUN)

Doctorate: Art. 50 PPGTU Resolution (Resolution no. 128/2013 – CONSUN)

ACCESS PUCPR RESOLUTIONS HERE

We are always seeking to expand PPGTU’s direct community-related activities through research with significant scientific perspective and results that directly or indirectly increase social benefits. Thus, we publish partial results of our studies in non-specialized media and act in various civic and political spheres, participating in representative class forums. As already mentioned, the new type of entry into the doctorate and master’s degree, the organizational doctorate, is presented as innovative because of the high potential of bonding with public and private organizations to amplify the impacts of research developed by PPGTU in society and favor the social insertion of our graduate courses.

This modality and PPGTU’s activities are aligned with the six strategic areas at PUCPR, among which, the area of “Cities” stands out for its transdisciplinarity and the guarantee of always having a PPGTU member as a coordinator (as described below).

A commitment to direct action from the Program to respond to society’s demands for research and products developed by PPGTU researchers is divided into two actions created in 2018, with implementation beginning in 2019. The first, already mentioned, “PPGTU in the Legislative,” aims to draw the attention of councilors and representatives to the agenda of the Program’s daily research, in an attempt to establish a dialogue between science and the performance of these important social actors in the implementation and enforcement of municipal and state laws.

The second action has been treated internally as the responsibility of a program that focuses on studies on the urban environment and city management: the distribution of research results to the social actors involved in the studies and who might have collaborated in any way (organizations, institutions, and representatives that were interviewed). Thus, all researchers that work with relevant social groups will be responsible for giving back to these collectives through “PPGTU in the Community.” Additionally, the following activities by PPGTU professors stand out as specific actions for the social insertion of the Program:

  • Participation in:
    • State Environment Council
    • Metropolitan Region Transport Council,
    • Committee for the Implementation of the Metropolis Statute in Paraná
    • Municipal Council of Transport of Curitiba
    • Urbanism Commission of the Municipality of Curitiba,
    • Commission of the Metropolis Statute in Paraná
    • State Secretariat of Urban Development of Paraná
    • Metropolitan Forums held in the eight Metropolitan Regions in Paraná together with the Public Ministry and the State Legislative Assembly
    • Redesastres and other institutions in Paraná to exchange research and experiences in disaster prevention
    • Marist Solidarity Network in a territorial development project with research on vulnerable territories in Latin America (with studies in the territory of Miravalles, Mexico, in 2018)
  • Carrying out various consultancy activities for state, municipal governments, and companies in the areas of territorial organization and the use and occupation of urban, regional, and metropolitan land.
  • PPGTU professors also serve on the Teaching and Training Commission of the Paraná Architecture and Urbanism Council, Brazilian Association of Landscape Architects-ABAP, Permanent Forum of Paraná’s Agenda 21, and the Fountains Committee of the Metropolitan Region of Curitiba and the Karst Technical Chamber.

PPGTU’s main strength is its constant self-criticism, consolidated in internal instruments for monitoring and evaluating the Program, such as the annual formal evaluation carried out by the Research Office and Graduate Studies, with the participation of an external member from the PUR/D area. Professors monitor the reaching and research quality using this internal assessment. Additionally, Rainer Randolph (UFRJ), Roberto Luiz do Carmo (Unicamp), Geraldo Magela Costa (UFMG), Rosana Aparecida Baeninger (Unicamp), Ivo Marcos Theis (FURB), Virgínia Pontual (UFPE), and Wilson Ribeiro dos Santos Jr (PUC-Camp) have participated as external members. This practice allowed us to adjust the program’s proposal, moving from a concentration in classes to quality research as the primary focus. Also, PPGTU has had a Program Planning Committee since 2017 (formed by the coordinator, research area leaders, and scholarship professors), which is responsible for initiating the discussion of structural and strategic issues in the Program, and this happens before the issues are discussed openly in the council with the presence of all professors.

These instruments have enabled us to be aware of our priorities to achieve the excellence sought since the beginning of the Program and maintains the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary character of the Program. The disciplines and research seek to analyze the technological, environmental, social, economic, political, administrative, and cultural aspects of the development and management of cities. It is also worth mentioning the consolidation of the URBE Journal, published by PPGTU since 2009. During this period, URBE was the first Brazilian journal in territorial studies accepted by the RedAlyc, DOAJ, SciELO, Scopus, and Web of Science databases. In 2009, when it was considered a Qualis/CAPES B2 level, the journal was only published in digital media. In 2013, the journal was classified Qualis A2 level in the PUR/D area because of its academic quality. Thus, the journal has a strong track record of knowledge dissemination.

Finally, the Program has some distinctive characteristics, such as:

  • The ongoing effort (since its creation) for internationalization partnerships and mutual gains.
  • The potential to work with different institutions and organizations (which increased from 2018 because of the program’s strategic plan to advance its impact and social insertion).
  • The relationship it has built with its community highlighting the positive relationship between the secretariat and the faculty and the students and alumni.

Since 2011, the PUCPR has implemented a project called “Excellence in the Graduate Programs,” to internationalize the programs, achieve grade 6 and 7, and promote transdisciplinarity and innovation in different areas of knowledge and its strategic areas.

One of the differentials of this proposal is the PIBIC Master’s, which allows talented students to attend undergraduate and graduate courses simultaneously and develop part of their research at a qualified foreign institution, sharing the focus on innovation and connection to society.

The institution must be concerned with changes in society’s needs, with alignment/realignment to CAPES criteria, and oriented to develop internationally as its primary guide in the search for quality in teaching and research.

Each Graduate Program must meet the criteria set by the area’s committee to which it belongs; therefore, the strategic planning and operating criteria of each program need to consider this reality

The area’s criteria need to be the subject of annual discussion within the program for the adoption of necessary corrective actions during the quadrennium. Each program is committed to structuring and refitting its strategic planning annually in search of excellence. The programs are encouraged to rethink their research lines to adapt to the rapid changes in international and national scenarios.

The graduate programs’ dynamism and flexibility must always satisfy quality criteria in the master’s and doctor’s programs and the development of research and innovation, mainly to improve society. Thus, an annual review of each program’s strategic planning is necessary and should be completed.

i. Mission and vision of the program;

ii. Summarized annual report by an external evaluator. An annual evaluation by an external member is an institutional practice carried out since 2006, which allows the annual performance of each program to be assessed according to specific criteria.

iii. Analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and risks (using the SWOT matrix to demonstrate external and internal factors) given the objectives for the current year and next four years.

iv. Goals (quantifiable objectives) were established for the consolidation and development of strengths and the analysis of weaknesses.

v. Responsible actions (processes) necessary to achieve the goals and monitoring instruments. In this topic, the coordinator and the council should become involved in the assessments for resizing the faculty and student body and the criteria for accreditation/re-accreditation, infrastructure, selection processes, strategies to increase fundraising, citations, and innovation.

vi. Preliminary text of the program’s self-assessment covering the last four years including a description containing at least: the stages of the self-assessment process, analysis of the results and achievement of goals, and necessary actions for its consolidation and internationalization.

The PDI (INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN) document presents the strategic plans of all programs aligned with the institutional planning, including the Mission, Vision, SWOT Matrix, CANVAS, and road map, and provides information on the programs’ needs and intentions for 2017–2020 and the CAPES 2021–2024 evaluation.

Contact